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3 Variable Funny Test

June 9th, 2009 (12:24 am)

current mood: geeky
current song: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Your result for The 3 Variable Funny Test...

the Wit

your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

You probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm
talking about, check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais


The 3-Variable Funny Test!
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Tori Amos Quiz - Alternate (more accurate? result)

June 7th, 2009 (01:00 am)
current song: Tori Amos - Silent All These Years (1991) | Powered by Last.fm

Your result for The "Ten Most Famous Tori Amos songs" Personality Quiz...

"Silent All These Years"

You scored 64% on Expression!

“But what if I'm a mermaid? In these jeans of yours with her name still on it Hey, but I don't care 'Cause sometimes I said sometimes I hear my voice I hear my voice I hear my voice And it's been here Silent all these years I've been here Silent all these years...”

THE MUSIC: According to the Music Genome Project, the song features mellow rock instrumentation, folk influences, a subtle use of vocal counterpoint, a subtle use of vocal harmony, a prominent rhythm piano part, repetitive melodic phrasing, extensive vamping, use of a string ensemble, acoustic sonority, major key tonality and a breathy female lead vocalist.

YOU are one of Tori’s intimate, folk-y, yet empowering ballads. You have definitely been through drama. Perhaps you’re less fortunate like that, but, in truth, chances are that your vulnerable charm has made you the ideal ‘victim’ for complicated relationships. It may just be the case that you thrive on them. You’re a bit on the wild side, and there have been times when your mind has been described as ‘warped’. Bohemian by nature, you may not feel that you’re intrinsically an artist. On the contrary, you are rather likely to feel misunderstood, not talented enough or unable to truly express what you mean to express, stifled or silenced. But the key issue here is that you define your life in terms of expression. Your ‘voice’ is the most important thing to you, and, deep down, you are certain you’re going to find it one way or the other. This may mean that you’ll have to apply yourself to your art/craft more (time tends to slip by without you even noticing). Or that you’ll have to bring some structure in your life (the BoHo thing is chic when you’re in your twenties, but nobody wants to be a starving artist at 30). Or, more pragmatically, that you have to sort things out in your heart and your head and eliminate all the negative influences in your life. You somehow attract highly critical, over-powering individuals, who like to tell others what to do, think and feel. And, when confronted with this type, you’re more than likely to develop the urgent need to break free from other people’s opinions and expectations of yourself. You have true potential for self-expression, which you long to acknowledge and share with the world, but you just haven’t really given yourself the chance to do that, free from all the constraints of your complicated relationships. You have either lived through a lot of trauma or are just hyper-sensitive by nature and feel like you’ve gathered a lot of ‘baggage’ that you need to release yourself from.

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Maureen [userpic]

Tori Amos Quiz

June 7th, 2009 (12:36 am)

current mood: restless
current song: Tori Amos - Spark

Your result for The "Ten Most Famous Tori Amos songs" Personality Quiz...


You scored 56% on Rage!

“How many fates turn around in the overtime? Ballerinas that have fins that you'll never find. You thought that you were the bomb, yes well so did I. Say you don't want it, say you don't want it. Say you don't want it again and again. But you don't, don't really mean it. Say you don't want it this circus we're in. But you don't, don't you don't really mean it.”

THE MUSIC: According to the Music Genome Project, the song features a subtle use of vocal counterpoint, a subtle use of vocal harmony, acoustic rhythm piano, interweaving vocal harmony, demanding instrumental part writing, a twelve-eight time signature, minor key tonality, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, an emotional female lead vocal performance and triple note feel.

THE FACTS: "Spark" is the lead single off of From the Choirgirl Hotel, Tori’s fourth studio album. A departure from her previous albums, it was much more lavishly produced and a very radio-friendly project featuring a full rock band sound (instead of Amos' usual minimalist piano sound). The song became a hit after its release in June 1998 (becoming her last UK Top 40 hit to date, as well as her highest charting US single, reaching #49). Tori had this to say about the video (watch it here), which has been described as ‘disturbing’: “A parallel. obviously. People have said to me that they found the video disturbing. I guess facing Death is just that. I didn't want a play by play on film of the literal meaning of Spark ... I've said before that Spark is about a girl having a Really Bad day ... Water. The rhythm of the water in the tropics where I wrote 'Choirgirl' was the element that brought me strength to my woman, who was truly in NO MAN'S land after losing the baby ... The ominous pulse of the video was no different than the feeling I had the day. Spark is based on Death Lurking...”

YOU are one of Tori’s grittier songs, one which is to her stories of abortion what “Me and a Gun” was to her rape. Either you’re in a bad spot right now or you are angry by nature, it’s safe to say that there are quite a few demons eating at you. This, in turn, causes you to rage at the world. Perhaps you’ve lost something or someone you believed to be very important to you. Perhaps you feel you have failed yourself and those around you. In any event, you seem to be experiencing a meltdown. This is somehow connected to another constant in your life, which seems to be the issue of addiction. Whether it’s a controlled substance of some sort or people or just the high of life, you can’t seem to shake it. The world overwhelms you and, at the same time, fascinates you; you struggle to recover your peace of mind, but each time you are drawn back in, and each time you vow it will be the last time. This trait is coupled with your desire to project a strong, independent image. You are not likely to cut yourself any slack, even at times when you are so messed up you’d clearly need a break. Throughout your life you’ve strived to be the best at whatever you endeavored and this has exerted a lot of mental strain on you. Naturally, although not very healthily, the only moments when you really feel free to be your own person are those when you indulge in your addiction of choice. Your breakdowns, rare as they may be, are therefore strong and violent, taking everybody by surprise, including yourself.

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Maureen [userpic]

Steampunk Character Test

June 6th, 2009 (10:29 pm)

current mood: nervous
current song: Before Sunrise

Your result for The Steampunk Character Test...


11 Urban, -4 Physical, -4 Technophobic, 0 Belligerent and 7 HighClass!

You are a scientist! Your mind bubbles with ever more ways to discern Creation's fundamental principles, and your daily workload is capable of frying the neurons of a casual reader.

The income can be solid, but woe betide the scientist whose work lacks the appeal needed to obtain a sponsorship! Such a person might easily find themselves reduced to scrubbing apparata in their peers' laboratories for days on end. Scientists of the mad variety usually only suffer this sort of meddling in the final stages of their experimentation.

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Maureen [userpic]


May 30th, 2009 (03:01 pm)

Justice (Fairness)
Strong Egoism
Divine Command

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Recovering The Forgotten Notion of "Sweetness"

May 19th, 2009 (12:35 am)

current mood: lonely
current song: Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

From The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Sweetness is a desire that starts on the tongue with the sense of taste, but it doesn't end there. Or at least it didn't end there, back when the experience of sweetness was so special that the word served as a metaphor for a certain kind of perfection. When writers like Jonathan Swift and Matthew Arnold used the expression "sweetness and light" to name their highest ideal (Swift called them "the two noblest of things"; Arnold, the ultimate aim of civilization), they were drawing on a sense of the word sweetness going back to classical times, a sense that has largley been lost to us. The best land was said to be sweet; so were the most pleasing sounds, the most persuasive talk, the loveliest views, the most refined people, and the choicest part of any whole, as when Shakespeare calls spring the "sweet o' the year." Lent by the tongue to all the other sense organs, "sweet," in the somewhat archaic definition of the Oxford English Dictionary, is that which "affords enjoyment or gratifies desire." Like a shimmering equal sign, the word sweetness denoted a reality commensurate with human desire: it stood for fulfillment.

Since then sweetness has lost much of its power and become slightly...well, saccharine. Who now would think of sweetness as a "noble" quality? At some point during the nineteenth century, a hint of insincerity began to trail the word through literature, and in our time it's usually shadowed by either irony or sentimentality. Overuse probably helped to cheapen the word's power on the tongue, but I think the advent of cheap sugar in Europe, and perhaps especially cane sugar produced by slaves, is what did most to discount sweetness, both as an experience and as a metaphor. (The final insult came with the invention of synthetic sweeteners.) Both the experience and the metaphor seem to me worth recovering, if for no other reason than to appreciate the apple's former power.

Start with the taste. Imagine a moment when the sensation of honey or sugar on he tongue was an astonishment, a kind of intoxication.... Could it be that sweetness is the prototype of all desire? (p. 17-18)

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Paris Fashion Week: Fall 2009 RTW: Top 10

May 16th, 2009 (10:50 am)
current song: Tori Amos - Give

Well here it is: the crème de la crème. Sorry this took so long and that my write-ups are of low quality. I find my mind being drawn in other directions. But the design is no less genius and breathtaking than when I first set eyes on it. Without further ado....

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Paris Fashion Week: Fall 2009 RTW: #11-25

May 5th, 2009 (04:39 am)

current mood: insomnia
current song: Susanna And The Magical Orchestra - Enjoy the Silence

Every fashion season ends on a high note. Paris is by far my favourite week, with designers who truly approach fashion as art: making diverse clothes that range from the exquisitely beautiful to the utterly bizarre. Recession? what recession? Perhaps *some* designers reigned themselves in a bit, but the results were still breathtaking. Paris did not dissapoint me. In fact, I couldn't bring myself to limit myself to presenting any less than 25 collections. However, for the bottom five I only wrote short keywords about their appeal, rather than a fullblown review. Just wait until the top 10: art at its finest.

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Milan Fashion Week: Fall 2009 RTW: Top 6

April 27th, 2009 (03:54 pm)

current mood: loved

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Milan Fashion Week: Fall 2009 RTW: #7-15

April 19th, 2009 (09:36 pm)

current mood: frustrated

Unfortunately both bear arms and the 80s came over from New York and exerted their presence at Milan Fashion Week. This resulted in a horrifically bad Gucci collection - essentially every piece was a cheap-looking nightclub garment in black, blue, and silver with an obscene amount of glitter. Blumarine also caught the tacky 80s bug - my eyes are still sore from the blinding bright colours. Dsquared was ridiculously awful-cheap in a different way- aping the incognito wear of celebrities - and badly - even sending Starbucks down the runway. Dolce and Gabbana didn't look cheap, but it was still awful - ostentatious, gaudy, cartoonish, taking the dramatic proportions of last season way too far...the garments were glutted with Marilyn Monroe fifties ritz (or Madonna's material girl mimicking) and Minnie Mouse cuteness.
But other designers stepped up their game, bringing a new vision of where style should go. Here are some of the laudable collections that appeared.

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